Jeremiah wistfully compares the evil king of Judah, Jehoiakim, with his righteous predecessor, King Josiah. Jehoiakim misused the throne for his own benefit at the expense of the poor, building himself new mansions of cedar. Josiah also enjoyed the material comforts of the king’s palace, but understood his primary duties, to care for and protect the poor and the needy. Jeremiah emphasizes that it was precisely because the righteous King Josiah cared for others that he was blessed with success.
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